Portugal Tipped For Over 5 Points In Group G

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  • Portugal may have scraped into the World Cup via the play-offs, but they look a good bet to secure more than five points and make it to the Second Round in Brazil.

    Online bookmaker Bet365 are quoting odds of 7/5 that Paulo Bento's side accrue more than 5 points in Group G, which looks like a fair price as they may prove too strong for USA and Ghana.

    The Navigators get their tournament underway against top European hopes Germany in Salvador on June 16th in what has been billed as one of the ties of the group stage. With everyone expecting Germany to do well in Brazil, the pressure on Portugal will be relieved a little in the opening Group G clash and avoiding defeat may not be beyond them if Cristiano Ronaldo can maintain his fantastic form.

    Whatever the outcome of their opening match, Portugal will be looking to do a professional job against USA in Manaus on June 22nd. Jurgen Klinsmann's side have great team spirit, but the Stars and Stripes defence is far from water-tight and Ronaldo will be looking to feed off Joao Moutinho's killer passes to exploit any gaps at the back. A win against USA will send them into their final Group G game with Ghana full of confidence, while depending on results elsewhere the Black Stars may have little or nothing to play for.

    Assuming that Portugal have got at least three points on the board by the time they take to the pitch in Brasilia, then the bet on them securing more than 5 points in the group stage will have turned into a value bet as they are odds-on favourites in the Match Odds market to prevail against Ghana on June 26th, and they should be more than capable of obliging to land the bet.

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